I was at Y Combinator Demo Day today (it was a very good batch of companies). At one point during a break I went over to talk to the gaggle of TechCrunch reporters there to cover the event.
We were talking about the various companies and what not when John Doerr walks by. Apparently to have a phone call in a quiet corner of the room.
“That’s John Doerr right there,” I said.
They looked at me.
“He’s all alone, probably on a secret phone call,” I added.
“Go get ‘em! Get your iPhones out and start the video and ask him hard questions!”
“That would be quite rude,” said Colleen Taylor (or something similar), pictured far left.
“Yeah but he’s practically begging to be attacked by you guys. HE’S HAVING A SECRET CONVERSATION RIGHT BEHIND ALL THE BLOGGERS. IT’S LIKE HE’S MOCKING YOU!”
So I watched, yearning for my younger years when I would have made a nuisance of myself while performing an unwanted and impromptu video interview of one of the most important people in Silicon Valley.
I think it was better back then, when sources were at least a little afraid of the bloggers.